Truths and Lies in the Senate

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Libya, a Tea Party Republican senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, used indirect language to blame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the killing of four American diplomats in Benghazi last year. Paul described their deaths as the worst tragedy involving Americans since 9/11. Partisan politics, ignorance and nonsense.

A newly elected senator answered him strongly:

“I think if some people on this committee want to call the tragedy in Benghazi the worst since 9/11, it misunderstands the nature of 4,000 Americans plus lost over ten years of war in Iraq fought under false pretenses,” newly elected Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said in response.

Under a Republican president, George W. Bush, the United States went to war using lies about U.S. intelligence information. To this hour, a number of Americans — perhaps the same number that voted Republican in the 2012 presidential election — think that President Bush invaded Iraq based on “the best available intelligence” at the time. That has been proven to be a lie, as I wrote with my colleague, Knut Royce, in the book, The Italian Letter. I also wrote about it in the Washington Post.

President Bush has not stood before the Senate to answer that serious charge. It is fairly certain that he never will.


Filed under 1, Intelligence, Middle East, Politics, Republicans

2 responses to “Truths and Lies in the Senate

  1. Bill Dorman

    An inability to perceive reality correctly and act accordingly is a condition that is clinical, and in a truly humane society Sen. Paul would be under expert care.

  2. I think Benghazi was a tragedy, but I’m not even sure it would rank in my top 10 list over the past ten years.

    I’m quite conservative and believe there should be an investigation into what happened, if not at least just to learn for the future, but I’m not sure how culpable anyone is or how preventable it could have been.

    It’s hard to actually get a handle on the facts vs. what both extremes are saying. As usual, I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

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